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Educators Against Arming Teachers

Posted: December 31, 2012 at 5 a.m.

Arming teachers or principals to protect Northwest Arkansas classrooms isn’t such a good idea, local educators said.

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Concealed Handguns in Arkansas

Arkansas lawmakers passed a law allowing the concealed carry of handguns in 2007. The law outlines the requirements to get a permit and authorizes the Arkansas State Police to issue them. Section 5-73-306 lists places where concealed carry is restricted, including police or sheriff’s station; Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department facility or grounds; detention facilities or prisons; courthouses or courtrooms; polling places; government meetings; any state office; any athletic event; businesses where beer or light wine is consumed on premises, except restaurants; airports; churches; parades; or, any place prohibited by federal law.

Source: Arkansas State Police And Arkansas Concealed Handgun Carry Law

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I have been an educator for 12 years, and I agree that I don't think it is a good idea to arm teachers. However, I would like to see someone armed in each school like a police officer and/or security guards. I think it would be a deterent to someone thinking about coming to school aimed to do harm with a weapon as well as there could be someone on campus capable of stopping the threat. I don't think necessarily it will prevent school shootings from happening, but it may help.

Posted by: teacherforlife

December 31, 2012 at 8:16 a.m. ( | suggest removal )